Destination guide

Perhaps all roads really do lead to Rome?

Visitors in Nimes might be surprised to find a French city full of historic Roman ruins. Once an important outpost for the Empire, today Nimes has an ancient 20,000-seat arena which still hosts events, as well as the remains of baths and temples to show for its former inhabitants. Nimes remains a bustling southern city, complete with stunning parks and gardens, markets, and museums. Whether you pick a sprawling stone villa or a charming historic townhouse, you're likely to find a Nimes vacation rental with almost as much character as the locals.

Things to do

Beaucoup de l'histoire around every corner

With so much history, you can bet that Nimes is a city of museums and monuments. Don't miss the Maison Carree, one of the most well-preserved Roman temple facades, or a stroll through the Jardins de La Fontaine, a 17th-century park complete with Roman ruins and botanical gardens. Pay a visit to the Musee des Beaux-Arts for a collection of Flemish, Italian, and French works, and discover the history of bullfighting at the Musee des Cultures Taurines. Visit the (stuffed) animals at the Musee d'Histoire Naturelle, or pop into the Carre d'Art, an architecturally stunning library.

Activities

Bullfights and bright lights at the Roman Arena

There's much to see and do in Nimes, from strolling the morning market scene at Les Halles to visiting the outdoor cafes, restaurants, and shops in the town center, Place du Marche, which also holds a daily market. Nimes is also the French capital of bullfighting. If you book your Nimes vacation rental in May, know that the Feria de Nimes bullfighting festival is held in the Roman Arena. When the bulls aren't in town, the arena is used for star-studded concerts, events, and historical reenactments.

Weather

The mighty Provencal mistrals are definitely no joke

Peak season hits the region in June and July, so expect summers to be hot and crowded. August quiets down when the locals go on their own vacations, leaving much of the town closed for the month. September and October boast lovely weather and smaller crowds, while winters can be downright frigid. This is thanks to the famous Provencal wind, the mistral, but they're a distant memory come spring. The weather warms back up nicely from March through May, just in time for the annual lavendar fields to bloom and the bullfighting festival to begin.

Natural features

You'll leave wishing the whole world smelled of lavendar

Situated in the Occitanie region of France, Nimes enjoys the benefits of its Provencal surroundings, with olive groves, vineyards, and lavendar fields aplenty, as well as the nearby Parc National des Cevennes. For a glimpse at how the Romans once made use of the surrounding lands, pay a visit to the nearby Pont du Gard, an impressive ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River, about 30 minutes northeast of the city. If you opt for a Nimes vacation rental on the outskirts of town, consider an historic farmhouse in the foothills of the rolling Monts Garrigues.

How to get there

How to get to and around Nimes

Fly into Nimes (FNI-Garons), the closest airport, located 6.1 mi (9.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Montpellier (MPL-Montpellier - Mediterranean), which is 26.8 mi (43.1 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, make your way to Nîmes Station or Nimes St-Cesaire Station to see more of the city.

Where to stay around Nîmes?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,827 vacation rentals near Nîmes. From 902 Houses to 320 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Nîmes for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Nîmes?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Nîmes:

  • Nimes City Centre: 135 vacation rentals
  • Quartier Administrations: 130 vacation rentals
  • Quartier des Espesses: 181 vacation rentals
  • Les 3 Ponts: 80 vacation rentals
  • Carèmeau: 39 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Nîmes?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Nîmes. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Nimes Arena: 2,920 vacation rentals
  • Nimes St-Cesaire Station: 2,941 vacation rentals
  • Nimes (ZYN-Nimes SNCF Train Station): 2,940 vacation rentals
  • Old Nimes Museum: 2,933 vacation rentals
  • Nimes Cathedral: 2,934 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Nîmes listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Nîmes?

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  • Villas: 320 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 324 rentals available
  • Cottages: 124 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Nîmes?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,222 vacation rentals with pool available in Nîmes. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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